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Atonement

By Ian McEwan

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Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 02 May 2002
On the hottest day of the summer of 1934, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house. Watching her is Robbie Turner, her childhood friend who, like Cecilia, has recently come down from Cambridge. By the end of that day, the lives of all three will have been changed for ever. Robbie and Cecilia will have crossed a boundary they had not even imagined at its start, and will have become victims of the younger girl's imagination. Briony will have witnessed mysteries, and committed a crime for which she will spend the rest of her life trying to atone.

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'The best thing he has ever written' - Observer

EAN: 9780099429791
ISBN: 0099429799
Publisher: Vintage
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.7 centimetres (0.36 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years

About the Author

Ian McEwan is the critically acclaimed author of seventeen books. His first published work, a collection of short stories, First Love, Last Rites, won the Somerset Maugham Award. His novels include The Child in Time, which won the 1987 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award; The Cement Garden; Enduring Love; Amsterdam, which won the 1998 Booker Prize; Atonement; Saturday; On Chesil Beach; Solar; Sweet Tooth; The Children Act; and Nutshell, which was a Number One bestseller. Atonement and Enduring Love have both been turned into award-winning films, The Children Act and On Chesil Beach are in production and set for release this year, and filming is currently underway for a BBC TV adaptation of The Child in Time.

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"A magnificent novel" * Independent * "A superb achievement" * New York Times * "The best thing he has ever written" * Observer * "He is this country's unrivalled literary giant...a fascinatingly strange, unique and gripping novel" * Independent on Sunday * "McEwan's best novel so far, his masterpiece" * Evening Standard * "A beautiful and majestic fictional panorama" -- John Updike "Subtle as well as powerful, adeptly encompassing comedy as well as atrocity, Atonement is a richly intricate book... A superb achievement" * Sunday Times * "Atonement is a masterpiece...it is also an elegy to a time which, however volatile, still had certainties" * The Times * "An evocative depiction of the dangers of innocence and ignorance in the face of uncomfortable reality." * Herald * "Brilliantly explores the currents of guilt, shame and anger... Utterly satisfying, complete" * Scotsman * "A complex, thought-provoking novel." -- Fanny Blake * Woman and Home * "Smoulders with slow-burning menace" * The Times *

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Ian McEwan is one of Britain's best regarded living authors, and Atonement is considered one of his best. I certainly enjoyed this book, but it is NOT light reading.

Answering previous criticisms here:
- Yes, the main character is self-absorbed and pretentious. The plot revolves around this fact. The author has consciously created Briony Tallis this way. She only gains some semblance of realisation as to her flaws near the end of the novel.

- The first half of the book takes place over a single day. Having studied this book for English Literature classes, I know that others struggled with the first half because the pace is slow and very detailed. However, the second half truly rollicks along over several years, and is entirely set up by the first half.

There is no question in my mind that the second half of this book pays off the slow pace in the first half. This is one of the best books I have read this year.

The first half = 4 stars
2nd Half = 5 stars.

Ian McEwan often writes in this tremendously detailed fashion. Another of his novels, "On Chesil Beach", mostly takes place over only a few hours! Perhaps that makes him not for everyone, but for those who are keen readers, this is well worth it.

For others who don't like the sounds of the first half, the movie adaptation is very faithful to the book and extremely good as well.
J. Marguerite on
 
Well, that was all a bit depressing, wasn't it?

The beginning moves like molasses. While reading it, I was bored and kept waiting for it to just all be over. I wanted McEwan to get on with the story. When was it all going to happen? Or were we just going to read about Briony whack plants all day? And then finally it all happened, and we reached the guts of the story.

Parts two and three of the novel is where it shines. We read about Robbie in the war, and Briony finally maturing as she deals with the injured. I hoped to see more of Cecilia, but that wasn't meant to be.

I understand McEwan's reasoning for writing the book. Unreliable narrators- good unreliable narrators- are hard to come by. By, oh, what a depressing end.

I'd be interested to know if many people actually like Briony. Although a realistic character in many ways, she's not exactly the most likable. The nicest part we see of her is when she's dealing with Luc, and even then I can't help but feel that's because she was obliged to. The poor man had a fatal brain injury and was fading away with every word.

I suppose Briony is a testament to not live in fantasies, or else you may destroy your world, and the world of those around you.
Emma Staples on
 
A frustrating ending but that is only because I like either a happy ending or at least a 'complete' ending where you know what happens to everyone. This is a very well written book written in a unique way with not so much a twist but certainly an unexpected change in the story line. I recommend giving it time as it does get better half way through and also maybe even,i would suggest reading it a second time as you may miss the unexpected part and get confused the first time round. (Maybe i'm just a slow reader ;)The second half of the book gives a very insightful view into the war, a very interesting side is shown particularly of nurses during the war in the hospitals 'back home' and how much they too did for their contry.
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Ian McEwan is one of Britain's best regarded living authors, and Atonement is considered one of his best. I certainly enjoyed this book, but it is NOT light reading.

Answering previous criticisms here:
- Yes, the main character is self-absorbed and pretentious. The plot revolves around this fact. The author has consciously created Briony Tallis this way. She only gains some semblance of realisation as to her flaws near the end of the novel.

- The first half of the book takes place over a single day. Having studied this book for English Literature classes, I know that others struggled with the first half because the pace is slow and very detailed. However, the second half truly rollicks along over several years, and is entirely set up by the first half.

There is no question in my mind that the second half of this book pays off the slow pace in the first half. This is one of the best books I have read this year.

The first half = 4 stars
2nd Half = 5 stars.

Ian McEwan often writes in this tremendously detailed fashion. Another of his novels, "On Chesil Beach", mostly takes place over only a few hours! Perhaps that makes him not for everyone, but for those who are keen readers, this is well worth it.

For others who don't like how first half sounds, the movie adaptation is very faithful to the book and extremely good as well.

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